By Lucy Ashton
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is encouraging parents and carers of children aged two to five to ensure their child is vaccinated against flu ahead of winter.
Appointment letters are now arriving at homes inviting children aged two to five who are not yet in school forward for the free flu vaccine, which is given as a painless nasal spray. The letters will include details of where and when the vaccine will be given. Parents and carers can reschedule their child’s appointment by contacting the phone number on their letter.
Dr Emilia Crighton, Director for Public Health at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said “Flu can be serious, even for healthy children and young people. That’s why all children aged two up to secondary school pupils in S6 are being offered the flu vaccine.
“I’d urge all parents and carers of children aged two to five to look out for their child’s appointment letter and get their child vaccinated ahead of winter. The flu vaccine helps prevent your child getting sick with flu and needing time off nursery or childcare and helps reduce the risk of your child spreading flu to family and friends who are more vulnerable.
“The flu virus is always changing so they need to get the vaccine every year to help them stay protected.”
In a small number of cases, the nasal spray may not be suitable, and the vaccine can be given as an injection in the arm instead.
For more information about the flu vaccine, visit www.nhsinform.scot/childflu or call 0800 030 8013